Jena MacLean

Jena MacLean

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Controversy Over Interior’s Trust Authority in Alaska Remains Unresolved

A majority panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently dismissed the State of Alaska’s challenge to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s authority to acquire land in trust for Alaska...more

7/8/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act Alaska Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Anti-Discrimination Policies Department of the Interior Due Process Environmental Policies Equal Protection Fourteenth Amendment Native American Issues Tribal Lands

Ninth Circuit Rules Tribal Treaty Rights Obligate State to Ensure Harvestable Fish Are Available

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the state of Washington violated tribal treaty obligations by building and maintaining barrier culverts that block 1,000 linear miles of streams suitable...more

7/6/2016 - Inland Waterways Native American Issues Salmon Tribal Lands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Updates Native American Tribe Policy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced an updated Native American policy on January 27, 2016, which provides a framework for government-to-government relationships to further the federal government’s trust...more

3/24/2016 - Conservation Endangered Species Endangered Species Act (ESA) Native American Issues Tribal Lands US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bureau Of Indian Affairs Proposes Regulation To Allow Taking Of Land Into Trust For Tribes In Alaska

After decades of interpreting the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) to preclude the federal government’s acquisition of land in trust for tribes in Alaska, on May 1, 2014, the Bureau of Indian Affairs...more

5/5/2014 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Native American Issues Tribal Lands Trusts

District Court Remands Offshore Wind Project For Failure To Comply With Endangered Species Act

In a decision that has been nearly thirteen years in the making, on March 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service...more

4/1/2014 - Endangered Species Act (ESA) Offshore Wind Wind Power

BIA Proposes To Eliminate The Trust Land Acquisition Waiting Period

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that, if adopted, will substantially alter the rights of those who would challenge a decision by the BIA to acquire land in trust for an...more

5/30/2013 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Tribal Trusts Proposed Regulation Public Disclosure Tribal Governments Waiting Periods

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